Dhaka – Two suspected Islamist militants have been killed after Rapid Action Battalion raided a hideout in Dhaka on Monday.
But the identity of the militants could not be determined immediately after they were killed in a powerful blast at Bochhila neighbor of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
Chief of Rapid Action Battalion Benazir Ahmed said the battalion members found pulverized parts of the militants’ bodies inside the one-storey tin-roofed home where they were holed up for few days.
Acting on tip off, the members of the RAB conducted the raid at the hideout after midnight, but the militants fired gunshots when the lawmen knocked the door. The RAB members retaliated with bullets, said Ahmed adding that his team fired more than 150 bullets.
The huge explosion occurred in the morning ripping through the roof and parts of the wall. Television footage shows pile of smokes coming out of the home.
A team of bomb disposal unit later found pulverized bodies of two persons at the scene, Ahmed told reporters. He suggested for DNA profiling to determine the suspects’ identity.
Police detained four people, including the caretaker of the home, for interrogation.
Bangladesh enhanced security in the aftermath of last week’s deadly bomb attacks carried out by suspected Islamist militants on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.
The series of attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group, killed more than 250 people. An eight-year old Bangladeshi boy was among the dead.
Bangladesh launched an anti-militant crackdown after a popular restaurant in Dhaka was attacked by home-grown Islamist militants on July 1, 2016, killing 22 civilians.
The crackdown left more than 100 suspected radical Islamists killed since then.